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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 27 October 2015


Is it time for the WHO to Upgrade and Redefine its MPOWER Program?

Scott D. Ballin, 27 October 2015

With an estimated one billion smokers in the world and with over 5 million people dying each year from the deadly cigarette, isn’t it time for all stakeholders to reevaluate the strategies that are being used? Isn’t time to take advantage of and incorporate harm reduction as an appropriate global strategy for reducing disease and death caused by cigarette smoking? [...]

BANNED: Feds War On E-Cigarettes Hits Airline Passengers

The government banned e-cigarettes in checked luggage at airports, and vapers will no longer be allowed to charge their devices on the flight. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued the interim final rule Monday and it will go into effect in two weeks. The reasoning behind the ban is that battery powered e-cigarettes can occasionally overheat [...]


Democratic Senators Urge OMB to Decimate Electronic Cigarette Industry

In the letter, Senators Markley, Blumenthal, and colleagues wrote: "We urge OMB to work quickly to finalize review of the final deeming rule, ensuring that the rule gives FDA authority over all tobacco products including e-cigarettes and cigars, explicitly bans the use of flavorings and marketing that appeals to children, and mandates child-proof packaging of e-liquids (liquid nicotine).


Will Self: My love affair with nicotine

The first cigarettes I ever smoked were bone-dry Senior Service that had long lurked in one of the silver cigarette boxes scattered about my grandparents’ house. Certainly I was nauseated – I may even have vomited, but this is all lost in the blue-grey curlicues of the past. By the time I was at secondary school, [...] I was a confirmed smoker who’d stop off in the park for an 8am fag break.


Manufacturers luring children and young adults into tobacco addiction

“Kids Drawn to ‘Gateway’ Flavored Tobacco Products, FDA Finds” is the title of an article released by on Oct. 26, 2015. The FDA announced in 2014 that new regulations would be issued on flavorings in a variety of tobacco products. [...] The key findings summarized in the study were that flavorings were in the products that 12 to 17 year old users tried first.


MAHB: Remove batteries from e-cigarettes before flying

E-cigarette users will now have to remove the batteries from their vaping devices during flights as an extra safety precaution, says Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB). In a Facebook post, MAHB said that current International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations do not allow e-cigarettes to be checked in as baggage, but these can be hand-carried on board the aircraft.


From the community: New Study Warns: Quit Smoking to Stay Sober

The study conducted by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School [...] included tens of thousands of recovering alcoholics in the U.S. who were followed for three years. Smokers were two times more likely than nonsmokers to start drinking again, even after the researchers accounted for factors such as mood and anxiety disorders, illicit drug use and nicotine dependence.


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